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Southern Road Trip: Birmingham to Knoxville

From the Magic City to the Marble City, join us on our first Southern Road Trip winding through the Smoky Mountain foothills in search of the best eats along the way.

Where to Stay: The Tennessean: This downtown development plans to open in April, but make your reservations now—it will be the embodiment of Southern luxury, and its proximity to all the spots you want to visit will make it a necessity. Beautiful design based on the winding Tennessee River, sweeping Knoxville views, and impeccable service are just a few things to look forward to. 


Following Merger, Benchmark and Gemstone Unveil a New 
Company, New Identity and Four Distinct Brands

Formerly Benchmark Hospitality International and Gemstone Hotels & Resorts, Now “BENCHMARK”, a global hospitality company

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, September 23, 2016 … Following a landmark merger of Benchmark Hospitality International and Gemstone Hotels & Resorts, the collective company has launched an expanded organization and portfolio, new corporate identity, and four distinct brands.  The launch of the combined, iconic companies, to be known as “BENCHMARK”, a global hospitality company, will include over 70 unique and distinctive hotels, resorts and conference centers, 8,000 guestrooms, 10,000 employees and a combined management team of highly respected hospitality executives from both companies, noted for their seasoned and global experience, entrepreneurial spirit and proven expertise in sales & marketing, finance, operations and food & beverage. 


Benchmark, Gemstone merge portfolios, expertise


THE WOODLANDS, TX—M&As usually mean one company is limping while the other is sprinting. However, the recent merger of Benchmark Hotels & Resorts and Gemstone Hotels & Resorts finds top executives from both companies agreeing each was running along just fine but that tandeming now means going farther faster and with twice the strength to endure in the industry's competitive arena.


Benchmark Resorts & Hotels and Gemstone Hotels & Resorts Join Together

New Company Operates 58 Independent Properties in US and Internationally

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, July 11, 2016  Benchmark Hospitality International® and Gemstone Hotels & Resorts, a Gencom affiliate, both recognized global leaders in the management and marketing of resorts, hotels and conference centers, announce that Benchmark and Gemstone have joined together to create a portfolio of 58 unique and distinctive properties with 10,000 staff members across the globe. 

"This merger was a natural fit," explains Benchmark Hospitality International CEO Alex Cabañas.  "Not only do we share a similar focus on unique and independent properties, but our organizational cultures and values align extremely well."  Mr. Cabañas continues with, “We felt it was critical to share this exciting news with our clients and employees before the press release went public.” Cabañas concludes with, “Though this has not been common in other industry mergers, for us it was the right thing to do to ensure the change and transition was thoroughly embraced by our ownership clients and team members.” 


Benchmark Resorts & Hotels Adds The Grove Resort & Spa in Orlando

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, May 2016 … Benchmark Hospitality International, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, announces The Grove Resort & Spa, an expansive 878-all-suite property under construction on Lake Austin, just five minutes from Walt Disney World® in Orlando. Billed as the largest development of its kind currently underway in Orlando, The Grove Resort & Spa is scheduled to open its first phase late this fall with up to 292 two- and three-bedroom residential-style guest suites. The Grove will be part of the prestigious Benchmark Resorts & Hotels brand portfolio. 

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Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels Adds the Spanish Garden Inn in Santa Barbara 

The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, April 1, 2016 … Benchmark Hospitality International, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, today added Santa Barbara’s award-winning Spanish Garden Inn to its Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels® brand collection.  The intimate boutique property is set in the historic Presidio Section of downtown Santa Barbara, close to the area’s best shopping, dining, beaches and attractions. 


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Chaminade Resort unveils $7.9 million remodel in Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ >> With travel up and competitors about to open, hoteliers are looking for ways to make their accommodations stand out.

The 156-room Chaminade Resort & Spa, with a one-of-a-kind location nestled in a forest overlooking Santa Cruz, embarked on a $7.9 million remodel in November.



Santa Cruz Finds the Spirit in Well Crafted Tequilas

Tequila! You know the song! Commonly heard at weddings, and other celebratory events, that famous Cuban-mambo beat that exclaims the word “tequila” all of three exciting times. It may or may not surprise you to learn that the “tequila” song first debuted back in 1958 by the Champs...